For Students & Schools

Programming, ensembles, competitions, and events for K-12 and higher education students.

Young People’s Concerts

The Orchestra Moves
In partnership with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute

For the past several years, the ECSO has presented Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) at the Garde Arts Center. These concerts are sponsored in large part by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut. The audience consists of third, fourth, and fifth-graders from many communities in New London County who receive specialized curriculum in advance of the concert to prepare them to enjoy the experience. For our 2021 YPCs, we have partnered with Carnegie Hall to present “Link Up”, an interactive format that teaches music education through recorder training, movement, and singing, which culminates in a performance that places the participants in a central role with the orchestra. If your school would like to be included in this program, please contact us.

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Music in the Schools/Homes

Each year, the ECSO reaches over 6,000 students in New London County. Approximately 25 Music in the Schools programs are presented by trios, quartets or quintets of musicians in concert demonstrations in elementary and middle schools throughout Connecticut. During the 2019-2020 school year, we pivoted to a virtual classroom that provided schools and teachers around the region with live and pre-recorded music instruction directly from our musicians. If your school would like to be included in this program, please contact us.

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Annual Instrumental Competition

The Annual ECSO Instrumental Competition provides a wonderful opportunity for instrumentalists through the age of 25 to win cash prizes as well as appear with the orchestra in a subscription concert. This year’s finals were scheduled to take place on March 14, 2020 at 1pm at Connecticut College, but have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for updates about the rescheduled date and how to apply for the competition.

The competition is open to instrumentalists with no minimum age requirement through the age of 25. Contestants vie for cash prizes and the chance to perform with the ECSO in a subscription concert. The finals are open to the public free-of-charge. Families are encouraged to attend this afternoon of performances by young talented musicians. Complimentary refreshments are served while the judges retreat to chambers and make their selections.

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